Luss – A Wanderer’s Surprise
Luss or Lus as known in Gaelic is a beautiful little hamlet located in the Unitary Authority Council Areas of Argyll and Bute in Scotland. Situated on the banks of Loch Lomond, this hamlet is surrounded by the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. If you are visiting Scotland or residing there for some time, then this little hamlet should make it into your list of places that you need to visit in Scotland. Although it might seem like a small little place, trust us Luss is sure to leave you enthralled and surprised. You may also stumble upon it by chance and find that you have discovered a hidden treasure.
Scotland is arguably one of the most beautiful, peaceful and extremely gorgeous countries on Earth. Perhaps, that is the reason why the Rough Guide’s readers voted Scotland as the most amazing and stunning place on the planet. The ethereal beauty of the country is also, pronounced distinctively in the small town place that Luss is. It was the Spring in Scotland and we were staying at Glasgow. We took one of the slow trains from Glasgow Central Station to Alexandria. After a short walk, we boarded a local bus there which took us directly to Luss.
It was instant love when we first laid our eyes on Luss. The serenity and beauty of the place completely blew us away. It was supposed to be a one day tour to Luss, as its really a very small place to stay overnight. Thus we had started off early and upon reaching our destination, had a quick breakfast, coffee and then set about to explore the place. The best thing about about that day was it was extremely sunny and had the definite air of Spring. It was also windy and being on the banks of Loch Lomond, it was equally chilly. Quite a good weather at that, so we had a great time all together. The banks of the lake was filled with different birds. Noticeable amongst them all were pigeons, Seagulls, Great Skua, Chiffchaffs etc. We had fun feeding them. The banks of the lake stretches for some length and tourists can enjoy a long walk there.
Luss is essentially a conservation village, just off the main road to the West Highlands. The village has many tourist-oriented shops and also a Kiltmaker and Bagpie works. One of the first things which will catch your eye is the colourful houses present. The houses there look like huts with pretty flowers in little gardens. Cherry blossoms adorn the complete area and as a whole the whole place is so picturesque that it will fill your mind with fairy tales that you had read about as a child.
One of the places of interest in Luss is the Parish Church dedicated to Saint Kessog. Sprawled over a large area with a graveyard, the Church was built in 1875 and has the graves of many important Kings and Queens, dating back centuries. The architechture is Gothic and has 15 listed ancient monuments in its graveyard. Many weddings are held in this picturesque location.
There is also a wide expanse of wilderness and woods with a small river flowing which was really fun to explore. It had an ideal setting for picnics, outdoor activities for kids, playing with pet dogs and just a general fun day. There were some huge statues and structures that had some history associated with it.
We ourselves had become a kid at heart and were laughing and running and doing what-nots. It was a perfect day out. A huge Celtic Cross was erected at the start and end point of the woods and will not miss your eye. The embellishments across it made it a pure delight to photograph.
After a whole day of fun and exploration, it was time to head back home and we were so not ready to leave already. It was a delightful experience for us. Lastly, a small mention of the below featured image. There was a sign post indicating the distance of Luss, Scotland from other parts of the world and the heart leapt a bit when we saw ‘Calcutta’ etched there. Afterall we all a carry a bit of our homeland, wherever we might be. Our Journey back was pretty much the same, except that we caught the train from Balloch, after having dined there and visited the Loch Lomond.
The overall experience regarding Luss, as We would like to sum up would be that if you are on the lookout for a place to relax and cheer up your soul, then Visit this less explored place. It is beautiful, a great place for photography enthusiasts and a place where you can unwind and chill. The mountainous views will give you wonders and the lake banks will chill you out. We had not expected Luss to be so much fun, but as it turned out that Luss had its surprises in store for us.
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